The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Office of Dental Health announced Friday that the City of Rolla/Rolla Municipal Utilities has been awarded a 50-year Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors. 

This award recognizes the City of Rolla for protecting public health by maintaining the optimum level of fluoride in the community water system for 50 years.


Community water fluoridation has been recognized by the CDC as one of the ten great public health achievements of the 20th century.  Fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride in drinking water to a level that is effective for preventing tooth decay.  This is an effective and inexpensive method of preventing tooth decay; every dollar invested in fluoridation saves at least $20 in costs for dental treatment.


The Office of Dental Health was presented this award at the National Oral Health Conference in Memphis.  “Water fluoridation is one of the best investments that a community can make in maintaining the oral health of its citizens. It is equally as effective in preventing cavities in children and adults,” said Casey Hannah, MPH, Acting Director, CDC Division of Oral Health.  


The CDC recommends water fluoridation as one of the most practical, cost-effective, equitable and safe measures a community can take to prevent tooth decay and improve oral health.